latest kernel and networking Amit_Bhutani at
Fri Oct 3 17:41:01 CDT 2003

You will need to re-compile bcm5700 and basp drivers as they are *not* a
part of the Red Hat kernel. Correction: bcm5700 *used* to be a part of the
Red Hat kernel, it's not anymore. basp never was and will never be because
of it's binary nature. 

Loading basp *will* cause your kernel to taint. That is normal. The reason
for that is basp is a binary module. If you don't have the source for
bcm5700 or basp installed on your system, you can download it from and recompile it for your new kernel.

Here is the link for the latest Broadcom source tar ball:
You will find step by step instructions on how to uncompress, compile and
install for your kernel on the Download page. 

Best of Luck!

- Amit Bhutani

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kerry Cox [mailto:kerry.cox at] 
> Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 4:39 PM
> To: linux-poweredge at
> Subject: latest kernel and networking
> I have several 2650 Dells 2U rack mount machines running Red 
> Hat 7.2. I
> upgraded the kernel on the all to the latest 2.4.20-20.7 
> release. Their
> uptime exceeded 197 days. When I rebooted one to the latest 
> kernel today
> the networking was non-existent. I got an error about the 
> basp not being
> present.
> I rebooted to the older kernel and all was happy again. Basp came up
> with an error message about it tainting the kernel. 
> You forget a lot in 197 days. Not sure what I did to get the 
> last kernel
> release working. It is currently running 2.4.18-27.7 and I want to get
> back to 2.4.20-20.7.
> Any suggestions? Thanks.
> KJ
> -- 
> Kerry Cox <kerry.cox at>
> KSL Radio and Television

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